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ATLANTA FAMILY PURCHASES STRANGE-DUNCAN-PRUITT HOUSE

Drs. Anne Haddix and David Addiss of Atlanta purchased the Strange-Duncan-Pruitt House in Franklin County from the Trust's Revolving Fund (before above, after below).

Drs. Anne Haddix and David Addiss of Atlanta purchased the c. 1820s house from the Revolving Fund in March 2001. However, when Dr. Haddix first called Mr. White back in December 2000, she was calling about a different house.

“There was a great old house for sale in my neighborhood that was about to be sold to a developer,” Dr. Haddix says. “I called Frank to find out what we could do about it and then next thing I knew he was asking me if I was interested in buying a house from him!”

The Revolving Fund property in Franklin County intrigued Dr. Haddix, who says she has always wanted to restore an old house. She and her husband had also been thinking about buying a weekend home outside the city. After visiting the house several times with her husband and their 11-year-old daughter, the family decided to purchase the house.

“My daughter was excited because it has a barn for horses,” Dr. Haddix says. “And my husband just loved the house.”

The same day they closed on the house, they also purchased 10 additional acres of the original property from a Pruitt family member. The land includes a small cemetery with family gravestones dating back to the 1700s. They also have a verbal agreement to purchase the four acres next to the house, which currently are occupied by trailers.

“From a historic preservation standpoint, buying these other two pieces of original land will enhance the significance of the property,” Dr. Haddix says.

Dr. Haddix says she plans to take meticulous care in restoring the house, and she is researching contractors who are experienced with the house’s c. 1820 Plantation Plain construction. Several Pruitt family members still live nearby, and she says they have shown great interest in her plans for the house, sharing with her old photos of the house and the people who lived in it.

“A lot of people in the area feel a sense of ownership of the house, and we want to make sure that the house still feels like a part of the community,” she says. “I see the house as a resource for people in the area and for the historic preservation community.”

Mr. White says he is pleased with the match he has made. “Anne and David really are the epitome of people who have the passion, understanding and commitment to historic preservation,” Mr. White says. “I couldn’t be happier that they seized this opportunity to preserve such a great house.”

Do you know of an endangered historic property in your town? The Georgia Trust may be able to help. Contact Kate Ryan at 404-885-7817.

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